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Bank endorsements for Obama

Various banks have made public statements of support over the past few months for Barack Obama. Here's one from HSBC we found earlier: and another one I quite like from the YouTube fraternity for the Bank of Obama: Cool, and over 300 million customers! The latter ad seems appropriate as …

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The end of the keyboard (update)

Barclays-surface-closeup

David Ainslie commented on my post about the end of the keyboard last week, that he can't see it happening in the trading room.  Keyboards being thrown out that is, of course (what did you think I meant?). Anyways, I've noticed the gradual encroachment of touch technologies for some time …

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The end of the keyboard (update)

Barclays-surface-closeup

David Ainslie commented on my post about the end of the keyboard last week, that he can't see it happening in the trading room.  Keyboards being thrown out that is, of course (what did you think I meant?). Anyways, I've noticed the gradual encroachment of touch technologies for some time …

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Economic models explained, including the credit crisis

There's a really old joke about cows that explained different economic models. You probably have seen it, but just in case: SOCIALISM You have two cows.

You give one to your neighbour.

 

COMMUNISM

 You have two cows.

The State takes both and gives you some milk.

 

FASCISM
You have two cows.

The State takes …

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Interest-free mortgages and savings

Joke002

A range of related news hits the desk today, from the likelihood that banks will be offering interest-free mortgages, as interest rates hit zero, to the opposite end of the scale where savers will be paying their bank to look after their money in the future. Savers paying to have …

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Interest-free mortgages and savings

Joke002

A range of related news hits the desk today, from the likelihood that banks will be offering interest-free mortgages, as interest rates hit zero, to the opposite end of the scale where savers will be paying their bank to look after their money in the future. Savers paying to have …

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Interest-free mortgages and savings

Joke002

A range of related news hits the desk today, from the likelihood that banks will be offering interest-free mortgages, as interest rates hit zero, to the opposite end of the scale where savers will be paying their bank to look after their money in the future. Savers paying to have …

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New Year, Same Old

Well, you think the New Year will change things, but the news headlines are continuing with the same themes: jobless going up, inflation going down, interest rates going down and down, and Bernie Madoff going down for a very long time.  A few headlines did catch my eye this morning …

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The dumbest banking moments of 2008

Two or three great lists were published over the holidays, such as the Top 11 CEO Firings of 2008 from Forbes magazine.  Strangely enough, 7 of the top 11 were bankers and financiers: Richard Fuld, Lehman Brothers; Martin Sullivan, AIG; Kerry Killinger, Washington Mutual; Ken Thompson, Wachovia; Richard Syron, Freddie …

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The dumbest banking moments of 2008

Two or three great lists were published over the holidays, such as the Top 11 CEO Firings of 2008 from Forbes magazine.  Strangely enough, 7 of the top 11 were bankers and financiers: Richard Fuld, Lehman Brothers; Martin Sullivan, AIG; Kerry Killinger, Washington Mutual; Ken Thompson, Wachovia; Richard Syron, Freddie …

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The dumbest banking moments of 2008

Two or three great lists were published over the holidays, such as the Top 11 CEO Firings of 2008 from Forbes magazine.  Strangely enough, 7 of the top 11 were bankers and financiers: Richard Fuld, Lehman Brothers; Martin Sullivan, AIG; Kerry Killinger, Washington Mutual; Ken Thompson, Wachovia; Richard Syron, Freddie …

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The end of the keyboard

Nothing to do with banking, except that banks run on technology and one key piece of technology is about to die: the keyboard. I've predicted the end of the keyboard for years, as it's not intuitive or natural to type.  We just do it because we've learned it is the …

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Dear Janet, I’m so ashamed of my brother …

I noticed this letter sent to an Agony Aunt over the weekend: "Dear Janet, I have a new girlfriend who I am totally in love with, but I am terrified about telling her about my family.  You see, my father is a convicted rapist.  That's bad I know, but then …

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